I need a little bit of advice about buying my new board. I used to ride a custom Lazicka 9'1" Mal, i say used to because when i was in Croyde a couple of weeks ago my board got TRASHED in a road accident! It wasn't my fault so i should get the money back for it, however that could take sometime so i'm gonna have to break out the wallet and buy a new one.
With my old Mal, i found it hard to surf in waves bigger than 3ft, purely because compared to me, the board was huge. I'm 5'11" and about 11 stone, but i'm only 17 so i expect to grow for a little while yet. Lugging the board across expanses of sand was also a pain, the pins and needles in my arm made getting out of my suit a nightmare!
The board itself rode fine for me and i got on well with it. It was a little slow trying to turn it, something i expect is either down to my weight or the boards weight. I'd like something a little lighter and possibly a little shorter, how would this effect the way it rides? How different is it riding a Longboard to a fairly long Mini-mal?
I'd also like to address the size of waves i'm able to surf. I was looking into getting a Magic Carpet, does anyone have experience in riding these types of boards? Do they get into waves as easily as a longboard? Are they harder to get up on too?
Thanks very much for reading and i'd appreciated any help you can give!